Quite a few of these have slipped down the weights of late but ACE OF SPIES looks the one most likely to take advantage. He went very close over 7f here last week and Conor Dore's dual C&D winner is the one to beat on that evidence. La Capriosa has been back on a winning mark for a while now without looking like winning and blinkers replace the cheekpieces today, while Gentleman Is Back remained out of sorts despite tumbling down the handicap last year. Juarla can race off the same mark as when scoring at Wolverhampton last May but is equally at home on this surface and he makes more appeal than Gracie's Gift and The Magic Of Rio.
Gentleman Is Back (USA) 33-1 (8-10) Prominent, tracked leader over 5f out until over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 14l behind Maverik (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
La Capriosa 16-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, hampered and switched right approaching final furlong, no extra towards finish, 5th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Dancing Freddy (9-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Ace of Spies (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on, not quite able to get to winner, 2nd of 14, nk behind Only Ten Per Cent (9-4) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Juarla (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Dwelt, mid-division on inner, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 7th of 10, 6l behind Amazing Win (8-11) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Gracie's Games 16-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 12th of 17, 8l behind El Dececy (8-13) at Bath 6f hcp 0-58 (6) gd in Oct.
Charles Parnell (IRE) 40-1 (8-9) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 15, 3l behind Mission Impossible (8-13) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-55 (6) sft in Sep.
Gracie's Gift (IRE) 11-1 (8-6) Raced wide, tracked leading trio, ridden over 3f out, soon outpaced, headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 8, 2l behind Strictly Pink (9-6) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
The Magic of Rio 10-1 (8-4) Led, ridden 2f out, headed and soon outclassed by winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind First In Command (9-8) at Southwell 5f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Mar.